Around Town First Day NOVEMBER 26, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

AMERICAN LEGION — American Legion Post 41 will hold its monthly meeting following a potluck at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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DAV — DAV Chapter 19 will hold its monthly meeting following a potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and West Hermosa Drive.
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VVA — VVA Chapter 998 will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the UVA Hall, corner of Fourth Street and Hermosa Drive.
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CROSS COUNTRY BANQUET — The Artesia High School cross country banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Hermosa Drive Church of Christ.
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YOUTH BASKETBALL — Registration has been extended through today for youth basketball for boys and girls in grades 1-2 and girls in grades 3-6. Cost is $35. Coaches are also needed. To register, visit the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. For more information, contact Sonny Bernal at 748-0299.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)

APS CLOSURE — The Artesia Public Schools will be closed through Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will also be no DD preschool on these days.
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TRANSFER STATION HOURS — The City of Artesia Transfer Station will be open this week according to the following schedule: 7 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. today; closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday; open Saturday, Nov. 27. Poly carts will be picked up Saturday.
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LIBRARY CLOSURE — The Artesia Public Library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29.
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COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE — The Eddy County offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The road department will be closed Nov. 26-28. The sheriff’s office will remain on duty, and the road department will have a crew on call.
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PARADE OF LIGHTS — Float applications for Light Up Artesia’s Parade of Lights are available now at artesiamainstreet.com. The parade is free to enter and lots of fun. Applications are due Nov. 28; Light Up Artesia will be held Dec. 4. For more information, call 746-1117.
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TOY RUN — The Sixth Annual Guerreros Toy Run will be held Saturday, Nov. 29. Bikers will meet at the Roswell Mall at 11 a.m. and leave at noon. Toys or a $10 donation will be accepted at the last stop, Hooraw, 1003 S. Atkinson, Roswell, in order to enter the event, which will feature food, live music, door prizes, live auctions, and fun for the entire family. Toys may also be dropped off in advance at Champion and Ericson Equipment in Artesia and Collette Place, Sam’s Club, Rib Crib, Lykins Tire, Fleet Pride or the Roswell Mall in Roswell.
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ACT AUDITIONS — The Artesia Community Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming murder mystery at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, and Wednesday, Dec. 3, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in the First Christian Church fellowship hall. Performances of “The Wedding from Hell” will be Feb. 12-15, 2015. For more information, call 748-4905 or 505-977-2312.
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BASKETBALL BOOSTERS — The Artesia High School boys’ and girls’ Basketball Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Bulldog Pit. All high school basketball parents are encouraged to attend.
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SIXTH MAN CLUB — Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Sixth Man Club – a basketball supporters’ club similar to football’s Quarterback Club – is asked to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Bulldog Pit. For more information, contact coach Michael Mondragon at 308-3524.
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DESK & DERRICK — The Desk & Derrick Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Adobe Rose. The 2015 officers and directors will be installed during the meeting. Menu will be herbed roasted chicken breasts and thighs in champagne butter sauce, whipped potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Adobe Rose salad, rolls and cheesecake. A cash bar will be available. RSVP by 4 p.m. today. Standing reservations will not apply.
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TRACTOR CLUB — The Pecos Valley Classic Ag Antique Tractor Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at La Fonda. All interested parties are encouraged to attend.
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RADA CUTLERY — Altrusa International of Artesia will be selling Rada Cutlery during Light Up Artesia from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, inside Bennie’s Western Wear. Rada is made in the U.S. and known for quality, durability and reasonable cost. Proceeds will benefit local charitable events and organizations.
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SNMCAC BOARD — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation Board of Directors will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the SNMCAC Building, 1915 San Jose Blvd., Carlsbad. For more information, call 575-887-3939.
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YESO PTO — The Yeso Elementary School PTO will meet at noon Friday, Dec. 5, in Room 8. All parents are encouraged to attend.
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TOYS FOR TOTS TOURNEY — The Second Annual Toys for Tots Softball Tournament will be held Dec. 6 at Jaycee Park. Entry is $225 per team for the double elimination-format tournament. Prizes will be awarded for first through third places in men’s and coed divisions. Each player must bring a new, unwrapped toy in order to play. Raffle tickets will also be sold for $1 each, with the winner receiving 25 percent of the pot and Grammy’s House 75 percent. To register or for more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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COOKING DEMO — A cooking demo with Nancy Dunn will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room. Chocolate-peanut butter buckeyes and caramel-almond bark with two chocolates will be demonstrated with time to sample the results. A cookbook giveaway, while supplies last, will also be held. The demo will be finished in plenty of time for attendees to make the “Mariachi Christmas” performance at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center.
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MEALS ON WHEELS — Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and disabled. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.
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TOYS FOR TOTS — Toys for Tots has begun its 2014 campaign. Look for boxes in local establishments and donate a toy for a child in need. For more information, contact Linda Ranes at 575-457-2058.
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BULLDOG SAMS QUILT — The Bulldog Sams RV Club is selling raffle tickets for a star quilt made and donated by the Artesia Quilters Guild. All proceeds will benefit local charities. To purchase, see any member or call 746-6890.
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KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE — The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.
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GRIEF SHARE — Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.
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CAREGIVER SUPPORT — Lakeview Christian Hospice will host a Caregiver Support Group from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Samantha Clifton at 575-887-0933.